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Jacob da Silva Solis – Advocate For Orthodox Judaism

Jacob da Silva Solis was born into London's Sephardic community on August 4, 1780. He referred to himself as Jacob S. Silva. Arriving in America on October 25, 1803, Jacob almost immediately affiliated with New York's Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue (Shearith Israel). On April 24, 1811, he married Charity Hays, daughter of a Westchester County farmer. They had seven children, the eldest born in 1813 and the youngest in 1827.

Yiddish Theater Is Alive and Well (at Least in Chicago), But What Does It...

Trying to summarize the plot of "Jacob and Jack," currently in its world premier at Victory Gardens in Chicago, is a bit like, well, trying to understand a Yiddish play if you don't speak Yiddish. The viewer quickly gets the sense that something really interesting is happening in the play's myriad flashbacks - which are simultaneously redundant and singular - but even after skimming the Jacob and Jack script, I'm still having trouble keeping the narrative and chronology straight.

The Cup Of Benjamin

When the sons of Jacob went to Egypt for food they became victims of a cruel ruse. As we recently read in the weekly Torah portion, when the provisions the brothers had acquired were loaded on horse and wagon for the return trip to Canaan, the Egyptian viceroy's cup was stealthily planted into the sack of the youngest, Benjamin.

How Do We Understand It All?

As I write this column I am returning from the Philippines. Yes, the Philippines! Are there any Jews there? Hashem's people are scattered throughout the four corners of the world. And now, as we enter the period described as Chevlei Moshiach, the holy flock has to be awakened and gathered.

What Will It Take For Us To Get It?

Those of you who have been following my column and those of you who have read my books, especially Life Is A Test, know that in the closing chapters, I focus on Acharit HaYamim - the days that will precede our Redemption, known as Chevlei Moshiach - the birth pangs that will herald the coming of Messiah.

Did Chagall Know Hebrew?

It's almost impossible to discuss Jewish art without mentioning Marc Chagall. One of nine children, Chagall was born in Vitebsk (now Belarus), which had about 20,000 Jews.

A Confrontation Between Image and Text

What do you get when you mix a Jesuit publishing company, a Reform Jewish scholar, an Orthodox Jewish painter, and a thesis on human-divine encounters?

Chagall’s ‘Window’ Synagogue: Hadassah Hospital

Upon walking into the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital, one is forced to look up.

Solomonic Judgment In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price’

Pegging Arthur Miller a Jewish playwright is a dangerous enterprise.

Athens To Jerusalem: Ghiberti’s Masterpiece

The Gates of Paradise have arrived in New York, and anyone interested in experiencing one of the great masterpieces of the Early Italian Renaissance cannot afford to miss this current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part One)

On Sunday, February 18, I attended an opening at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life (also known as the Columbia/Barnard Hillel) for the exhibit Words Within.

A Coat Of Transparent Colors

It is easy to read the narrative of Joseph and his alienation from his family as a tragic tale of missed opportunities in parenting, and brotherly compassion and patience.

Jewish Roaches

Cockroaches are not usually associated with Judaism. They might show up unwanted during Pesach cleaning.

Jacob Mordecai: Pioneer In Women’s Education

There was a time when it was thought unnecessary to give women an academic education equal to the one given to men.

Facing Iran And Hamas: How Shall Israel Stand?

For the president of Iran, threats to annihilate Israel are now a daily ritual. Were it not for his country's complementary capacity to inflict genuinely existential harms, these threats would not be worrisome. But Iran's capacity to become fully nuclear is now more imminent than had ever been recognized by our own intelligence communities. It follows that a persistent refrain of genocidal intent issuing from Tehran must now be taken with utmost seriousness in Jerusalem.

A Jewish Art Primer (Part VI) – Contemporary Jewish Art

We have documented 1,800 years of Jewish Art production in the preceding five sections of the "Jewish Art Primer".

Rembrandt Etchings

Walking out of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. the stench of mass murder was overpowering.

Soulmates Or Stalemates? Men Are From Chochmah; Women Are From Binah (Part...

After a long and taxing day at work, followed by the usual battle with rush hour traffic, Joe finally arrived home.

Letters To The Editor

'Activist' Doesn'tMean LiberalI really enjoyed reading "Fighting Carter: Memories Of 1980" (op-ed, Dec. 19). As a college activist, I particularly appreciated how it demonstrated...

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